Category Archives: arts & crafts

How to Draw a Self-Portrait (and some wisdom from the child)

I think my boy here could give some art lessons on self-portraiture {and life}. 1. Know how many freckles adorn your face and love them all. {Or, love every unique mark the Lord has blessed upon your countenance, and love … Continue reading

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Gingerbread…hut?

Why I thought I could begin baking all the gingerbread pieces I would need for the nine children in our homeschool co-op at ten-o’clock…p.m., not a.m., the eve before hosting a gingerbread house-making party, is because I’m crazy and need … Continue reading

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Dang, the kid can color!

I’m not one to pay much attention to developmental milestones in my children. But my five year old boy gives new meaning to “color inside the lines.” Here is what he accomplished last week, all in one sitting. I thought … Continue reading

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Hark, I hear a robin calling!

Hark, I hear a robin calling! List, the wind is from the south! And the orchard-bloom is falling Sweet as kisses on the mouth. In the dreamy vale of beeches Fair and faint is woven mist, And the river’s orient … Continue reading

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The Masters and the Classics

How to introduce your students to the greatest works of art and classical music pieces of all time in just 10 minutes a day.
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A Strawberry Tea Party

How to host a sweet spring tea party with a fresh theme and strawberry filled menu.
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Simple Spring Decorating

How to liven up your living space for spring with inexpensive splashes of color and refreshing scents, all for less than $40.
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It’s a good thing Raphael didn’t attend public school in modern day Wisconsin

The Tomah Area School District in Wisconsin has a policy that bans Christian symbols in students’ artwork, leading to a high school student receiving a Zero on his illustration depicting a landscape with a cross and the lettering “John 3:16.” … Continue reading

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Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots Winner!

I’m pleased to announce the winner of my Gardening with Children book: commenter #17, AreWeThereYetMom, your book will be on the way shortly! Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together With Children is sure to delight your whole family! Thank … Continue reading

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Carnival of Homesteading #45

Welcome to the 45th Carnival of Homesteading! If you’ve been around here when I host a Blog Carnival, you know how much I love themes! But, alas, I had issues. Computers, kids, work, and some other meanies all conspired against … Continue reading

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The Child’s Spring Book

How to make a ziplock-bag-book with all the specimens of spring, a perfect companion to the nature journal. Continue reading

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Gardening With Children

The best plants for children to grow and other great ideas for helping children develop a love of gardening.
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Norman Rockwell: The People’s Painter

Dismissed by serious art critics in his lifetime, yet brilliant in his portrayals of everyday American life. It’s time for a reevaluation of Rockwell.
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Two Impressionist Paintings Recovered – Madness!

Two of the four impressionist paintings stolen from the Bührle Collection in Zurich have been found. Does anyone else find the circumstances bizarre? A week and a half after being stolen, the Claude Monet (Poppies Near Vetheuil) and the Vincent … Continue reading

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Art Heist: What’s Your Theory?

Artist: Claude Monet Title: Poppy Field Near Vetheuil Style: Impressionist Year: 1879 Location: A white van, last seen speeding away from the Bührle Collection Museum in Zurich, Switzerland, on Feb. 10, 2008, possibly headed to a corrupt Saudi collector or … Continue reading

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669)

Revered by the Dutch, this artist’s greatest work, Night Watch, has led a fascinating life of its own, reflective of its unique and creative maker.
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

A French artist and leading painter of the Impressionist style. A sometimes starving artist, there were times he couldn’t afford paint. He discovered the color of shadows – and it’s not brown or black.
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On My Wall

Do you have a favorite picture or wall hanging? Can I see it? Here is my current favorite, gracing a short wall in my bedroom. Don’t we need to always be mindful of these words from 1 Corinthians 13, especially … Continue reading

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Winter Carnivals

I have a few blog carnivals to update here, but I also discovered several Winter Carnivals around the world that look fabulously winterish and I wish I could attend them all! There’s the oldest running winter carnival in the Eastern … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Patch/Petting Zoo in Black and White

We visited the pumpkin patch this week, and the kids have been happily drawing faces on their new orange buddies. We won’t carve them for another week, since we like them to last at least until October 31 without withering … Continue reading

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Break a Leg, er, Finger

In honor of this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling theme of “Fun,” (up tomorrow) this post is about a fun past-time over here, puppet shows. My gift to the kids this past Christmas was a Puppet Theater. You really don’t need … Continue reading

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I Own a Monet

Our art time lately has been focused on Impressionism. My kids just seemed to like the feel of a fleeting moment on canvas, so we’re going with it. Impressionists were known for leaving their studios to get outside and paint … Continue reading

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Here comes the train

I love a picturesque, rural landscape, and my kids adore trains. I caught this scene a few days ago, as we were stopped at a train crossing in Terrebonne, OR. You can see Smith Rock in the background, and if … Continue reading

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Valentine’s K.I.S.S.

That’s keep it simple, sweetie. Valentine’s Day has become quite a festive overdose of candies and gifts. Two statistics that, for some reason, make me want to rebel: Valentine’s Day ranks second in the greeting card giving occasion, not including … Continue reading

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